THE CITY OF LIGHTS

"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life." Thomas Jefferson

THE CITY OF LIGHTS

"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty and in the point of life." Thomas Jefferson

THE CITY OF LIGHTS

"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty and in the point of life." Thomas Jefferson

THE CITY OF LIGHTS

"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty and in the point of life." Thomas Jefferson

Paris never stops, and Hôtel de Crillon is the city’s heartbeat. Discover all the capital has to offer, whether you are into culture, arts, shopping, gastronomy or endless strolls.

SHOPPING

Sprezzatura

Located in the Upper Marais district, this proudly trendsetting concept store gives pride of place to independent fashion labels and up-and-coming designers (Marques’ Almeida, LVMH 2015 prize winner; Wanda Nylon, 2016 Andam fashion award winner; exclusive sales of the London brand A.W.A.K.E). In addition, it features a café area courtesy of none other than Coutume – also at the hotel. Chocolate-lovers will also be delighted to find out that the venerable Jacques Genin chocolate boutique is located just across the street.

130 Rue de Turenne, 75003.

Fleux

Running low on inspiration for your home decoration? No need to hesitate: head right over to Fleux. For Parisians, the shop is the absolute reference in the industry, and its reputation speaks for itself. In all, it boasts four boutiques spread over a small portion of Rue du Marais – a real circuit! From Scandanavian sofas to designer lighting, stylish dinnerware to retro snow globes, you can find everything you need to redecorate your entire interior according to the latest trends. To sweeten the deal, you won’t need an excuse to pick up a delicious ice-cream cone: Une Glace à Paris is just next door.

39, 39 bis, and 52 Rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, 75004.

Papier Tigre

The perfect place to make sure you head back to school with all the supplies you need. Right around the corner from the Cirque d’Hiver, this modern stationery and office supply store designs and creates attractive but useful office products directly on site. Each object – diaries, notebooks, document organisers, pens, storage containers, etc. – bears the signature of the design studio: visual patterns associated with pop-art colours. Worth mentioning is the possibility to customise your purchases and head home with a notebook sporting your name. While you are there, head across the street to discover jewellery designer Delphine Pariente’s spectacular cabinet of curiosities.

5 Rue des Filles du Calvaire, 75003, Paris.

BON APPÉTIT

Les Grands Verres

The Palais de Tokyo now features a bar/restaurant that is just as in-demand as its modern-art exhibitions – no small feat. Opened this Summer by the team behind the Parisian restaurants La Candelaria and Mary Celeste, this ultra-trendy establishment is sure to be a go-to spot during Fashion Week. In the kitchen is American chef Preston Miller, whose menu boasts locally-sourced, in-season dishes and a selection of astonishing cocktails. It also gets special mention for serving brunch on weekends.

13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75016.

Le Fumoir

Whether you choose to gaze at the majesty of the Louvre or do some people-watching, there could hardly be a better spot. Tucked away just across from the Museum’s easternmost facade (the Colonnades), this Parisian café extends out onto a magnificent terrace whose view provides an uninterrupted source of entertainment. Behind the scenes in the kitchens, Chef Hendrik Andersson deftly navigates the waters between Parisian brasserie cuisine and his Danish origins, from beef tartare to smörrebröd. The establishment is also known for its cocktails – the Bellini is famous – and its fresh-squeezed juices, not to mention its Sunday brunches.

6 Rue de l’Amiral Coligny, 75001.

Maison Maison

To make your way to this charming modern guinguette on the banks of the Seine, head down to the edge of the river between the Pont Neuf and Pont des Arts bridges. See it? It has a terrace like you might find in the countryside, sheltered from car traffic, with a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower and of the slow passage of boats on the Seine. To go along with this idyllic scenery, try a glass of natural wine and one of Chef Adriana Seghetta’s suggestions (home-made terrine, gnocchi, pork spare ribs, floating islands, etc.). One final piece of advice: get a table in the early hours of the evening to admire the sunset.

Across from 16 Quai du Louvre on the banks of the Seine, 75001.

LIFESTYLE

Maison & Objet and Paris Design Week: The Design World’s Must-Attend Events

A mecca for the design industry in France, the Maison & Objet trade fair will take place from 8 to 12 September in Villepinte, and this year it will play host to an exceptional lecture offering a behind-the-scenes look at the hotel’s renovation. On Saturday, September 9th at 3:00 p.m., M&O Badge holders will have the opportunity to attend a talk entitled “Interior Design: The Modernisation of an Icon – The Rebirth of the Hôtel de Crillon”, in the presence of some of the architects and interior designers behind the project. Non-badge-holders will still be in for a treat, though, with a rich programme of exhibitions, private viewings, and events planned across Paris as part of Paris Design Week.

Maison & Objet from September 8th through 12th. Paris Design Week from September 8th through 16th.

Exhibition: Liu Bolin, Master of Camouflage

Two simultaneous exhibitions showcase the spectacular work of this chameleon-like artist, able to blend into any scenery so well that he becomes nearly invisible in his photos. The Maison Européenne de la Photographie’s exhibition traces back his body of work as a whole, while the Galerie Paris-Beijing has chosen to display the so-called invisible man’s latest artistic creations, which are devoted to today’s environmental issues.

Ghost Stories, until October 29th at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie.

Revealing Disappearance, until October 18th at the Galerie Paris-Beijing.

Exhibition: Christian Dior Celebrates 70 Years of Design

In 1947, Christian Dior founded his haute-couture brand and invented the “New Look”. Seventy years later, Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs is providing a must-see look back on this renowned designer and the six individuals who would go on to take the reins of this prestigious fashion brand. Three hundred haute-couture robes are displayed chronologically, along with archival pieces and works of art that were dear to Mr Dior. An excellent way to celebrate an important anniversary.

Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve, until January 7, 2018

FAMILY AFFAIR

European Heritage Days | September 16th and 17th

With the theme “Youth and Culture”, the must-attend cultural event of the back-to-school season is specifically aimed at younger audiences. It is a perfect occasion to go behind the scenes with fun and extraordinary visits to places that are normally off-limits to the public. Here is just a selection of the exciting events planned: tours of the rooms of the presidential residence (the Elysée palace); a sensory trip through the Grand Musée du Parfum; a treasure hunt at famed watchmaker Bucherer’s Paris boutique; an introductory workshop on stained-glass making at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann; a sculpture workshop at the Musée Bourdelle; a crown workshop at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and a visit of the Grand Rex and an immersive film telling the story of cinema.

Information and Registration: https://journeesdupatrimoine.culturecommunication.gouv.fr

Transport Your Baby in Style with Babyzen

Welcome to the wonderful world of strollers! Five years after the launch of the YOYO+, a model that has since gained a cult following, the French company Babyzen has opened its first shop in the Upper Marais district. A temple showcasing its star product, a sort of all-terrain stroller: light, compact, quick and easy to fold, ultra-convenient, and customisable. Two form factors, a wide range of trendy colours, a compatible car seat, and other accessories are available in the shop.

18 Boulevard des Filles du Calvaires, 75011.

A Fun and Family-Friendly Flower Art Workshop at “L’Atelier”

Véronique Vallauri’s weekly workshops, held every Saturday, are a constant success. Parents and children spend two hours together learning how to create a seasonal bouquet of flowers. Children get to learn to recognise different varieties of flowers, to handle plants, and to visually pair different colour combinations. Budding florists can head home with their creations in hand. The next available dates are Saturday, September 17th and 29th.

56 Rue Pernety, 75014. Information and Registration: http://www.latelier-veronique-vallauri.fr

ONLY IN PARIS

Recharge Your Batteries at the Meditation Bar

The Meditation Bar in Paris is the place to go to end the Summer season with a Zen attitude. Recently opened by psychiatrist and therapist Christine Barois, this brand-new establishment, located near Paris’ Garnier Opera House, allows you to calmly meditate while fully awake, either by yourself or in themed group sessions with a trained instructor. The result? Lower stress, heightened creativity, better emotional responses, improved sleep, and a host of other advantages. Why wait?

5 Rue Gaillon, 75002. Registration required.

Gardening in the Musée de Montmartre’s Secret Garden

How's this for a unique activity? You can learn to grow your own vegetable garden against this lush unique green backdrop of Montmartre’s hilltop, just behind the museum dedicated to the legendary neighbourhood (which in itself is worth the trip). Jessica from the Au Four et Au Moulin agency will teach you the ABCs of growing edible plants in an urban environment. The workshop has a particular emphasis on small spaces such as balconies, terraces, and window sills, so that you can easily reproduce what you learn there at home. Upcoming available dates are Sunday, September 10th and Saturday, September 16th and 30th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. As a bonus reward, the Café Renoir offers delicious cakes.

12 Rue Cortot, 75018. Registration required.

Participate in a Do It Yourself Workshop at Seize

A variety of courses exist, including knitting, t-shirt embroidery, weaving, crochet, macramé, and basket customisation. Located just behind the Cirque d’Hiver, this unique Parisian destination is entirely devoted to trendy crafts and DIY. Claire Chicoine and her team will invite you to have a seat around their hospitable table and teach you techniques that will allow you to head home with an object of your own creation, fashioned in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Beginners are always welcome, and crafting supplies, tea, and biscuits/cookies are included in the cost.

16 Rue de Crussol, 75011. Registration required.

FIRST TIME IN PARIS

Breakfast at Café de Flore’s terrace

This is the one experience that everyone has to live at least once in Paris. When Paris awakens, there reigns a very singular atmosphere. Wait until the server comes to see you. Order a croissant, buttered bread, a squeezed orange juice, a good coffee and admire the show. Among the parade of regular customers, business meetings and interviews with personalities, it is not uncommon to meet familiar faces. Just thinking that Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Picasso and Sonia Rykiel had their habits here, your breakfast takes on another legendary dimension.
172, boulevard Saint-Germain 75006

Climb to the roof of Galeries Lafayette and enjoy the view

While most people know that the department store is a popular shopping destination, few are aware of its rooftop. Located on the 7th floor, it is freely accessible for a souvenir selfie or a snack and has the Eiffel Tower and the Opera in line of sight. While a Mediterranean restaurant and a bar await this summer, it is always possible to come with your own sandwich or a box of Pierre Hermé macaroons that you could grab on the 1st floor of the Dome! Now admire the breathtaking view!
40, boulevard Haussmann 75009

Have an Apéritif Like a Real Parisian

The apéritif is serious business in Paris! A special moment after work, and in theory before dinner, it isn’t all that rare for it to go on a bit longer than required. It should be pointed out that some places have modified their offering, serving up enticing dishes to pair with a glass of fine wine or a refreshing cocktail. Here is a non-exhaustive list of “foodie bars” where Parisians like to get together to celebrate the start of the evening: Frenchie Bar à Vins (6 Rue du Nil, 2nd arrondissement), Freddy’s (54 Rue de Seine, 6th arrondissement), L’Entrée des Artistes (32 Rue Victor Masse, 9th arrondissement), La Cave à Michel (36 Rue Sainte-Marthe, 10th arrondissement), Aux deux Amis (45 Rue Oberkampf, 11th arrondissement), Bistrot Paul Bert (18 Rue Paul Bert, 11th arrondissement). Cheers!